Sunday, 27 January 2013
On our brief trip to the allotment I managed - in between clearing snow from brassicas - to pick a bit of kale untouched by pigeons and get hubby to lift some leeks.
If we were solely eating our produce, dinners would be a constant round of leek and potato soup with kale floating in it :(
Friday, 25 January 2013
We decided yesterday to have a trip to the allotment - the first since the snow began.
We didn't take the car though somebody had tried to from the tyre marks.
Everything was pretty much ok apart from the kale which hadn't been covered by netting. Before the snow it being ignored but with the bad weather the birds (pigeons mainly) are searching for every scrap of food - unfortunately they liked the look of my dinner.
With more snow forecast for this weekend (it's falling as I blog) we thought it best to clear the polytunnel roof and the tops of the coldframe. Surprisingly, the lettuce in there seems ok.
The netted brassicas were protected from both birds and the weight of the snow but I decided to clear them as best I could before the poles collapsed.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
...there's not a lot to be done outdoors. Hubby cleaned the inside of the home greenhouse while I stayed inside, where it's warmer, and sorted through seeds and making lists ....of what we have, what we'll need to buy and what we can be thinking about setting once the weather gets back above freezing.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Winter jasmine outside the kitchen window is the only spot of colour in the garden right now.
The first snow of this winter fell last Monday, never thawed away and over the weekend more was added to it.
The bird table is suddenly busy with sparrows, blackbirds, robins, blue-, coal- and longtailed tits and more unusual visitors - redwings and fieldfares - in trees and bushes
the vegetable patch is hidden...
...and the greenhouse almost is!
the old play house looks like a cabin in the forest
Monday, 14 January 2013
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Monday, 7 January 2013
Yesterday was quite mild - and dry for a chance - so I thought it was time to tackle the mess that is the back garden. Having chopped down and pulled up this pile of rubbish.....
...I found not only new growth on the montbretia....
and wallflowers in bud!
I just hope everything survives frosts and snow still to come before Spring.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Thursday, 3 January 2013
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The garden isn't looking at its best this time of year - mainly full of died-back plants that I should have cleared up.
.....with seed heads left on michaelmas daisies
but here and there are some flowers -
the winter jasmine
campanula creeping along under the doorstep
the first forsythia flower
and some daffodils bulbs getting excited by the mild weather